Adding Christmas tree lights is a fun project that can be done by the entire family. You can use a traditional setup or create a unique design. Depending on the size of your tree, you may want to use more than one type of light. If you are using smaller LED lights, you should consider stringing them using a branch-wrapping technique.
Regardless of the method you choose, you will have to cut the strands of lights to a certain length. For a 10-foot tree, you will need between three and four strands. The best way to do this is by using a reciprocating saw to make accurate cuts. Make sure the strands are at least one inch deep. After cutting, allow the lights to cool for five to 10 minutes.
Before you start stringing the lights, test them. Ensure that the bulbs are not burnt out. Otherwise, your tree will be a disappointment. Once you know the bulbs are working, plug in the lights. It is also important to have a clear space between the bulbs. This helps you to better position them, and it will eliminate the need for an extension cord.
Next, tuck the end of the strands into the tree. Using a twist tie, secure the female end of the strand. Place the other end of the lights in an “S” pattern, around the base of the tree. Do not wrap the lights around the trunk or branches. These areas of the tree are known as the dead zone, and can be avoided by pushing the plug deeper into the branches.
After the first strand of lights is placed on the tree, begin stringing the rest of the lights. Start by filling in the branches with light, and then moving up the tree. Alternatively, you can run the strands of lights up the trunk.
When adding Christmas lights, it is important to keep in mind that it is much easier to do it in groups of three or four. However, if you are having trouble, you can add more strings of lights, and continue to connect them as you work up the tree.
While there is no right or wrong way to decorate a tree, you should try to avoid tangles. To keep your strands from tangling, push them along the branches and around the trunk of the tree. Also, make sure to place the lights at a slightly lower height than the branches. Using this spacing will ensure your light strands are not too close together.
Choosing the right lights is important. You can find different types of Christmas lights at a hardware store. These include incandescent twinkle lights, which slowly twinkle one light at a time. There are also blinking bulbs. These usually have a silver or red tip. They are easy to spot from the other bulbs.
Getting your family involved in this DIY project is an excellent way to teach the kids a lesson. Whether you’re making a small decorative piece for a window or a full-sized Christmas tree, it is a great way to bond as a family.